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Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

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Awakening Garden: Tiny Forest Cabins and a Sweet Outdoor Shower Just 2 Hours from NYC

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Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

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Three Italian product design students from Portugal’s Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of protest against throwaway consumerism, Stallo celebrates the notion that everyday objects have potential for reuse. Each Stallo cup comprises an upper body made from an inverted and cut recycled glass bottle set atop a glazed ceramic base.

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InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

by , 07/11/14

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The National Trust’s historic Packwood House is home to three new upcycled art installations by artist Hilary Jack. Using found materials and discarded Tudor furniture, Packwood Follies turns garbage as a folkloric bed and cabin. The quirky cabin evokes historical fairy tales while transmitting a valuable message about resource conservation.

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Barker Freeman Adds a Clever "Floating" Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

by , 07/11/14
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When the owners of this Brooklyn duplex decided to add an additional children’s room to accommodate their growing family, it seemed inevitable that they would have to sacrifice the spacious feel of their loft-like apartment. But thanks to the creative ingenuity of the designers at Barker Freeman, no such trade-off was necessary. Barker Freeman’s solution was to create a “Floating Room Loft” – a partially glazed cube with sliding doors that creates a sectioned off space for the kids without breaking the visual connection between the two floors.

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New York's Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World's Tallest Residential Building

by , 07/11/14
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It looks like New York has trumped Chicago once again. Willis Tower recently lost to One World Trade Center when the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat counted 1 WTC’s spire as a permanent feature, bringing the height to a symbolic 1,776 feet compared to Willis’s 1,451 feet. Now a new Midtown NYC residential building is set to become the world’s tallest residential building and will beat out Willis Tower again with the highest roof in the nation, topping out at 1,579 feet. A spire at the top of Nordstrom Tower will bring the skyscraper just one foot shy of 1 WTC at 1,775 feet.

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Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

by , 07/10/14

Apple this week signed a development agreement with the City of Claremont, which will allow it to build its third massive solar farm in North Carolina. When finished, the 100-acre farm is expected to produce 17.5 megawatts at a development cost of $55 million.

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Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

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Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

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All Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles Are Now Tax-Free in China

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In an effort to foster the adoption of more electric vehicles, China has announced that all electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles will be exempt from the purchase tax until 2017. Currently China’s car buyers have been slow to adopt electric and hybrid vehicles because of the higher prices and charging infrastructure, but the Chinese government hopes that the new tax cut will make them more attractive.

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Tiny 'Project Gregory' Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the Homeless

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Bjarke Ingels' Concave BIG Maze Takes Over DC's National Building Museum

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Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

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Federal Government Creates Largest 'Critical Habitat' Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

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Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the nesting and roaming habitat of loggerhead sea turtles, which were declared endangered in 1978 and continue to struggle against threats from climate change, fishing nets and ocean pollution.

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Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

by , 07/10/14

Did you know that over 80 BILLION pairs of disposable chopsticks were thrown out worldwide last year? It might seem inconsequential to toss out that used pair of bamboo or wooden sticks after you’ve finished hoovering your take-out sushi, but if you think about how many other people are doing the same thing, every day, several times a day, around the globe… the numbers are staggering. In this modern era of eco-awareness, most people are aiming to reduce their garbage waste as much as possible, and litterless lunch options are among the best ways to do that. Penstix is a pair of eco-friendly chopsticks that tucks neatly into a pen, can be cleaned easily, and if cared for properly, can last a lifetime.

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Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it…

This net-zero home designed for two Boulder, CO environmental attorneys by HMH Architecture & Interiors is built with sustainable materials throughout. The window design optimizes…

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon…

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Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works…

Hwang is a wife and mother, originally from Seoul, and now based in Columbus, Ohio. Her original works of art are very difficult to produce, and therefore expensive to purchase, but…

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Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear…

After a radiation leak was detected at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY in March, officials are finally planning to investigate the source of the problem using an…

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Tec Team Costa Rica's Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Tec Team Costa Rica's Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities…

Housing in Costa Rica used to resemble that of Spain, especially the fact that "central courtyards were the soul of the house." Over time however, growing insecurity and the influence…

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